Since October 2007 you can only buy a realistic imitation firearm; an airsoft gun (one that looks like a real gun) if you are at least 18 years old and meet one of the following conditions:

• You are a ‘registered’ airsofter with membership of an insured skirmish site and hold an UKARA license: To be registered, you must attend a properly organised and insured airsoft site and play for at least three days over a period of no less than two months. Even if you attend and play the three days in your first week, UK Law requires that two months pass from the first day you attended before you can legally be registered. * We are a registered UKARA site, therefore you can earn and maintain your UKARA license with us.
• You are a member of a properly insured historical re-enactment group or society.
• You are a film, television or theatre production company.
• You are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum
• You are a Crown Servant in pursuance of your Crown duties

The Airsoft and the Policing & Crime Act 2017

 

The law has recently changed:

“From the 2nd May 2017 the Act introduces an exception from the classification for airsoft guns as firearms, so long as they meet certain criteria. This means that airsoft guns (and it doesn’t matter how they are powered) are not firearms if they are designed to fire a spherical plastic missile that is no bigger than 8mm in diameter and they have a muzzle energy that is no greater than 1.3 joules if they can fire successive shots (often called “full auto”) or 2.5 joules if they can only fire individual shots (meaning either “single shot” or “semiauto”)”.

 

Therefore, airsoft guns are no longer defined as imitation firearms, however, the rules on purchasing one still remain the same.

 

Two Toned Gun Example:

If you cannot meet any of criteria above, you can still buy an airsoft gun off of us, the gun however will be sprayed a bright colour, we spray our guns RED. Please see picture as an example of a two toned gun:

red-rifle-ukara

The VCRA 2006 concerns itself with sale, manufacture and import ONLY. If you buy an airsoft gun and either gift it to someone else, or allow them to use it – regardless of their age – you are not contravening the Act. So, a parent can buy a two-tone airsoft gun and give it to their child to use or keep.

 

 

Purchasing an airsoft gun

When purchasing an airsoft gun that is NOT two-tone in colour, please supply your player ID or submit a copy of your exemption to us, completing the additional information section when checking out. Verification of your ability to purchase will be checked and your order will be dispatched if you pass the verification process. For UKARA members, please make sure the delivery address matches the address you registered with on the UKARA database, or please contact us to discuss this.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about UKARA please contact us or check out their website www.ukara.org.uk